Chelsea could leave Stamford Bridge for three years

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Chelsea could leave Stamford Bridge behind for three years if they press ahead with plans of increasing the ground's capacity to 60,000.

This has been reported by the Telegraph, who claim that the club are ready to invest as much as £500 million into the ground in west London, which would see the capacity of the stadium increased by almost 20,000. 

Roman Abramovich, of course, is recognised as one of the wealthiest football owners in Europe, so it's not entirely surprising that he's hoping to push Chelsea even further forward over the coming years. 

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Plans to improve the stadium, though, could see the club leave the ground on a temporary basis, with the same report revealing that the club may well have to find a new home for up to three years. 

It appears, then, that Chelsea could play their football at either of Twickenham or Wembley, with the club set to meet residents and supporters of the club at a Stamford Bridge exhibition at the end of this month to reveal their proposals. 

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Chelsea's plan 

A club statement read: “A year ago a study of the area from Fulham Broadway to Stamford Bridge and beyond was commissioned by Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich to examine the potential of upgrading the streetscape.

“The study also began to assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium capacity within the existing historical site boundary, based on the principles of improving site access, benefiting the neighbourhood and enhancing the spectator experience.

“Mr Abramovich has appointed a professional team to assess, in more detail, the feasibility of expanding the existing stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge Grounds.

“The process now enters a further local consultation phase. This will include an explanation of the rationale for expansion, driven by spectator demand for more seats and the need to increase stadium revenue to remain competitive with our major rivals, this revenue being especially important under Financial Fair Play rules.

Exciting time 

There's no doubt about it, after the club secured the Premier League title last term, it's an exciting time to be a Chelsea fan. At the end of the day, the club's owner clearly has a long term strategy in west London, as is seemingly determined to build one of the best clubs in world football. 

He's already made great progress, and developing the Bridge will only improve the club for the long term. Of course, as mentioned by the club in their statement, it's crucial that the club remain competitive with their rivals in terms of revenue, as FFP is now having a huge say in the modern game. 

Ultimately, it's crucial for the Blues that they reach a similar level of the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal. They may well have to move home for a few years, but the wait will be worth it for all involved at the club. It's a great move from the club's hierarchy. 

Chelsea fans: What do you make of this? Where should your side play if they need a temporary home? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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